Kelso-to-Berwick walk for air 
ambulance charity

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A Kelso family is walking to Berwick and back to raise money for charity to mark what would have been a silver wedding anniversary.

Jacqueline Bates and her sons Tom and Mick, and daughters Joanna and Sophie, are walking the 40-50 miles this weekend and will be joined by nearly 50 others over the two days. For on June 30, Jacqueline would have been celebrating 25 years of marriage to Michael, who died following a motorbike accident after being airlifted to hospital last July.

Jacqueline told us: “I decided not to sit at home, but raise some money for the Great North Air Ambulance.”

Earlier this month her children raised £4,380 from a skydive and she has realised money through coffee mornings, bake sales and other events.

Jacqueline said: “We hope to raise a further £2,500, which is the cost of one flight for the air ambulance. We are nearly halfway there with just a few donations.”

The Great North Air Ambulance Service started in 1995 and operates three helicopters across north-east England, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, with crews responding to around 1,000 call-outs each year, carrying specialist trauma doctors and paramedics. The charity needs to raise £4million a year to keep providing its service.

Saturday’s walk starts from Kelso Square at 8.30am.